Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway And City Sightseeing Guided Tour

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  • Duration: 7 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    Port Chalmers, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
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    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a trip through the spectacular scenery surrounding the Taieri River on board the Taieri gorge railway. Travel through tunnels and over viaducts on this train-lovers shore excursion, and then see Dunedins top sights before returning to the Dunedin port.

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Pass By: Port Chalmers Wharf

At 9.00am (depending on the cruise ships arrival/departure times), the coach departs the Dunedin Port and takes you to the Dunedin railway station.

Stop At: Taieri gorge railway, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

At 9.30am, depart Dunedin by train on the Taieri gorge railway. You will travel through the spectacular Taieri Gorge to Pukerangi, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. This is one of the great train journeys of a bygone era. Throughout this round trip journey, there will be numerous stops to afford you some magnificent photo opportunities.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Otago peninsula, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

At 2.00pm, following the Taieri Gorge Rail Journey, you will rejoin the coach and set off on a full-commentary coach tour of Dunedin City.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Baldwin street: The Steepest Street in the World, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

Take in the dress circle of Dunedins original homes of the wealthy settlers and travel up the worlds steepest street to a lookout overlooking the city, University campus and out to the Peninsula high road for some spectacular harbour, rural and ocean views.

Pass By: University of otago, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

See some great views of the New Zealand famous and historic Otago University..

Pass By: Dunedin botanic garden, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

Check out New Zealands first botanical garden.

Pass By: St clair beach, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

Lastly, see the St clair beach esplanade before returning back to your ship between 4:00 pm-4:30 pm.


Round-trip tour on the Taieri Gorge Railway

Dunedin city sightseeing tour

Professional guide

Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee

Port pick-up and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Taieri Gorge Railway

Entry/Admission - Otago Peninsula


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Should your cruise ship timetable be indicating that you will be berthing in Dunedin (Port Chalmers) at 9.00am or later, this does not preclude you from booking these tour options. The timetable will simply be altered to align with the cruise ships arrival time

If for any reason we are unable to get you to the Dunedin Railway Station prior to the departure of the Taieri Gorge Train then the tour will be adjusted whereby you will travel by coach by road to meet the train and return to Dunedin by train

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  • 11-Mar-2020

    First of all, the scenery is gorgeous! But what they don’t tell you is that you see the exact same thing going back as you are in the same seats. You also have to pay for a light lunch. If you have difficulty with steps you will have a difficult time getting on and off the train. Please keep this in mind. The tour of the city was informative. It’s a pretty long day.

  • 19-Feb-2020

    The train ride was gorgeous. The driver had us waiting and looking for him when we finished. Company was called Go Now tours.

  • 19-Feb-2020

    The Taieri Gorge Railway certainly passes through some spectacular scenery. Unfortunately, a few minutes of great views is simply not enough to offset the five hours of discomfort on the train. The train itself was cramped and uncomfortable and only few of the carriages offered good photo opportunities from the seat. Ideally, you need to travel in one of the old wooden carriages where the windows open; in the more modern, metal carriages, photography from the seat is impossible through the scratched and dirty windows.

    Be careful about the choice of seat. If you have a choice (we did not), make sure that you sit on the left-hand side on the train going out because virtually all of the spectacular views are from this side. The train does not turn, so passengers enjoy the same views on the return journey. Many passengers on the right-hand side resorted to playing games on their mobile phones to relieve the tedium of a five-hour journey in which the best views could only be seen across the heads of other passengers.

    There is very little else to do on the journey except eat from the buffet car. There were absolutely no facilities - no proper toilets, no cafes, no shops - at the two stops and neither stop had good views. The buffet car itself was inadequately stocked and maintained: the cheese rolls had sold out by 11:00 and all the sandwiches by 12:00. The coffee machine broke down at regular intervals.

    If you are a railway buff, I suppose that this trip would be a must. To the average tourist, however, it was an endurance test that would be best avoided.

    As opposed to the morning on the Railway, the afternoon tour was excellent. The drive around the Dunedin provided an appreciation of this elegant city which was greatly enhanced by the knowledgeable and helpful guide.

  • 08-Jan-2020

    Train ride is long, especially when you see the same scenery going up and back down, since only the engine changes . Due to some computer glitch we spent 1 hour on the tracks waiting to get into the station and there fore were too late for bus tour of town. Barely had time to get back to the ship, about 30 min drive or more to harbor.

  • 07-Jan-2020

    Great trip...ruggared landscape and train commentry was good. Well organised. Seated tickets was welcomed.

  • 18-Nov-2019

    We really enjoyed this excursion. The train trip is quite enjoyable with very pretty scenery. On our excursion food was available for purchase on the train (that is, not included) and it was fine. You are asked to trade seats with the persons opposite you for the return train trip; this is a win-win and also only fair. The city tour after the train trip was unexpectedly thorough and informative. The Dunedin area is quite pretty and the tour guide was humorous and informative. We've done well over 100 shore excursions and this was one of the best.

  • 18-Nov-2019

    Pickup from Port was as scheduled, easy to find the tour company and get going.
    Bus trip from Port Chalmers to Dunedin Railway Station ok.
    Train trip to Taieri Gorge was excellect, great views, memorable wood carriages. Stop over in Pukerangi was nice with locals putting on a small craft market.

    Return trip was BORING, 50 odd miles of what we had already seen. Would recommend that if anyone offers a return by bus to take that instead.

    On return to Dunedin, back on the bus with Peter, and downhill all the way from here. Peter is a retired butcher, never let us forget it, showed us where his old butcher shop used to be, described how he is a champion sausage maker.......

    He took us to:
    1. University to see where they have toga parties;
    2. University student residences to see furniture they chuck on to the footpath as they leave so others can check it out;
    3. lay down on the road and look up the supposed steepest street in the world;
    4. Back to the University to see the "Roadies"??? Turned out to be Rhododendrons THAT WEREN'T THERE.
    5. He was ready to take us to 2 other places??? obviously having forgotten the time we had to be back at the ship. All passengers made it clear we needed to return NOW!

    Bus tour was CRAP. No other word for it. We would have been better off if we had have been taken to the Octagon and left to wander for a while, or back to Port Chalmers to check it out.

    I feel so sorry for Dunedin if this is the best that they offer to tourists.

  • 08-Nov-2019

    This was a great way to spend our day in Dunedin. We did it October while on a Ruby Princess cruise. There were not issues at all getting to the bus on time to get to the railway. We did make sure we got off the cruise ship first thing. The train ride is a very enjoyable ride with great views. It was a great way to meet people and enjoy their company for the day. The scenery is worth the trip. The tiny town at the end was really more of a flea market, but the prices were great. I got a great deal on Stirling Silver earrings. It is a little repetitive because the train repeats the drive on the way back, but it was still beautiful. The sightseeing tour at the end was really just a drive around with one spot to get off and take some pictures. It was some great scenery and a beautiful drive through the hills with gorgeous homes. They could not do much else with the time restraints. Well worth the money.

  • 28-Oct-2019

    The advice given by Viator for the meeting of the tour operator was wrong. Firstly, the company we were supposed to meet subcontracted their work out to another and secondly we were supposed to meet the operator outside the port. In actual fact all tour operators meet their passengers inside the terminal. The misinformation by cost of was confusing.

    The tour itself on the train is good
    There viewing platforms on the front and rear only takes 4 people
    The scenery is excellent but the train trip is long and whilst you get 20 minute break at the end of the track. You have to back down on the same route.

    There are other tours being offered that take passengers up by train and back down by bus. This 8s a much better option.

    The tour has a two hour tour around duniden but after a long train journey we just wanted to go back to ship.

  • 23-Oct-2019

    Unfortunately we were not able to take the railway excursion because there was a wreck with another train right before we were supposed to board. The city tour was ok but we were looking forward to the train.

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